Schools SHIFT Outreach Project

Extra curricular arts & well-being program for schools.

The SHIFT project developed from being purely artwork to having a social and community mission, extending into outreach projects.

Schools: 0ver 200 young people from primary & Secondary schools will take part in art and well-being workshops with professional artists specialising in mental health: Imogen Harvey Lewis, Robin Watkins – Davis and Mel Cross. Each school will visit St Laurence Church from 10am -3:30pm for an extra circular arts & well-being day. Students will be doing their ‘discover’ Arts Award (like D of E, but for art) which is a certificated with Trinity college London and supported by Arts Council England.

SHIFT kids drawing class.jpg

Plan for the day

10:00- 10:40 AM - Welcome and Introduction to Robin young artist and yoga teacher & Mel Cross & brief talk about the art installation

10:40-11:40 AM - Movement class with Robin

11:40- noon - Break with snack and guided discussion around body image, self esteem

12:00- 1PM - Art workshop with Robin and Mel - printing using movement of your body

12:30- 1:00PM - Lunch break 

1:15pm- 2:15pm - illustration workshop with Imogen Harvey Lewis, professional artist 

2:15pm- 2:45pm - Talk to artist Imogen Harvey Lewis & questions 

3:00- 3:10PM - Mindfulness/ meditation/ silence 

3:10PM- 3:30PM - Reflection on SHIFT, discussion with Mel Cross and Robin about how they feel connection, space to discuss spirituality and anything that may have come up in the silence. 

3:30PM - Home time.  

Schools involved

Primary Schools involved: Widden, St James C of E & Beeches Green from Gloucester. Randwick & Thrupp from Stroud District. Secondary Schools involved: Sir William Romneys in Tetbury, Stroud High, SGS College, Gloucester Academy and Archway students have been offered the opportunity to do work experience and be mentored by professional artists, helping deliver the ArtsAward to primary schools.

Objectives of workshops:

  • Understanding of range of art forms from the familiar to unfamiliar

  • Participation in arts activities

  • Understanding of how arts activities connect to their own lives

  • Research / speaking with an artist

  • Understanding/ beginner level experience of how the arts, movement and mindfulness can support well-being

  • Open discussion around faith and positive body image

Measuring outcomes from the SHIFT arts award schools program 

Students will complete a questionnaire, based on some questions from Warwick and Edinburgh Scale to express how they feel after coming along to SHIFT and taking part in workshops.

Students will also complete an arts award in order to achieve their arts award ‘discover’ certificate. Robin Watkins - Davis is a trained arts award assessor and can then use assessment report for each student and give feedback and support. 

Benefits of the project

  • Empowers students to take care of their own well-being using the arts and mindfulness as tools

  • Raises ambition 

  • Exposes students to culture and the arts

  • Exposure to life after school and meeting professionals in the creative industry

  • Giving young people from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and beliefs the same shared community, arts experience 

About Arts Award


Arts Award develops creative learners and supports student achievement. It is suitable for all learners and can be delivered as a universal offer or as a targeted intervention or extension programme. 

Offering Arts Award can also help schools to demonstrate certain elements of the Ofsted framework and Teaching Standards and provides links to the curriculum, including Key Stage 3 English and History. Offering Arts Award demonstrates a schools’ commitment to a broad and balanced curriculum, as well as contributing to fulfilling SMSC requirements.

Arts Award is also a great way to evidence Schools are providing meaningful careers provision, as well as linking directly to many of the Gatsby Benchmarks.

‘Arts Award is a great opportunity for pupils to develop independence, self-manage and take responsibility for their own learning. This award enables the pupils to focus on areas of the arts that they find interesting, and excel. A hugely rewarding and enriching experience for all the pupils and teachers involved.’

Kim Robertson, Deputy Headteacher, Cranborne Middle School

Arts Award Celebration - November - bringing together five schools and the community 

Students have the opportunity through Robin’s program 12-18th October to gain stage one of Arts Award the ‘discover’ award, they will be certificated from Trinity College London and awarded their certificates at the end of November at a special awards ceremony held at St Laurence, parents and friends are invited to come and celebrate child’s achievement. 


18:00 - 20:00

Arts Award Prize Giving for all students, parents and teachers involved in the program,
with guest speakers to be announced soon.

St Laurence Church, Stroud

Please support this outreach project by visiting and joining the Crowd Funding Campaign.

Robin Watkins - Davis